Events

  1. [Postponed] Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Journey

    4 April @ 8:00 am - 7 April @ 5:00 pm AEDT
  2. SMGS P&F Meeting

    7 April @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm AEST
  3. Last Day of Term 1

    9 April @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm AEST
  4. Last Day of Term 1

    9 April @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm AEST
  5. [Postponed] Grandparents Day

    9 April @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm AEST

News

  • SMGS Virtual Easter Hat Challenge

    This Friday 3 April, we will be holding a virtual Kindergarten to Year 12 Easter Hat Challenge. The rules: 1. Must be Handmade. (You may add to another hat you have (ie, cap/ sombrero/ top hat). 2. It must fit and stay on your head (no hands) for the photo. 3. One hat per person. […]
  • SMIEC 2020 postponed until Term 4

    SMIEC 2020 After discussing at length  with SMGS Executive, the SMIEC committee, and in consultation with Perisher, we have made the responsible decision to postpone SMIEC 2020 until Term 4. With the announcement from the Australian Government yesterday in regards to public gatherings over 500, we believe this is the responsible decision to make. Snowy […]
  • COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Information for the School Community

    Information, articles and reference materials for the School Community relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) are available using the following link: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Information for the School Community
  • IWD Breakfast Keynote and Table Speakers Announced

    Our 2nd Annual International Women’s Day Breakfast is just around the corner and we are very excited to announce our 2020 Keynote and Table Speakers. If you haven’t already booked your tickets, head to: https://smgsiwdbreakfast2020.eventbrite.com.au  

Approach to Learning

//Approach to Learning

“National and international evidence (shows) that a teacher’s effectiveness has a powerful impact on students, with broad consensus that teacher quality is the single most important in-school factor influencing student achievement. Effective teachers can be a source of inspiration and, equally importantly, provide a dependable and consistent influence on young people as they make choices about further education, work and life.”

(Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, 2011)

At Snowy Mountains Grammar School, we inspire students every day in and out of the classroom. Our teachers are passionate professionals who care about every child.

In the Junior School we educate the whole child – intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, physically and socially. Every child has their own unique talents and we provide a caring, safe and supportive environment with many opportunities to develop their sense of self throughout their educational journey.

Our teaching approach stems from our Teaching and Learning Framework, based on the current Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, and also fuses the practical instructional elements of The Art and Science of Teaching developed by world-renowned educational expert, Robert Marzano PhD, author of more than 30 books on highly effective classroom teaching and student learning.

The approach to learning in our Junior School:

  • uses evidence-based instructional design methodologies and pedagogies
  • is rigorous, challenging, relevant for the 21st century, engaging and enjoyable
  • promotes high standards of literacy and numeracy as fundamental
  • includes a balanced curriculum which also includes art, science, PE, language, music, social sciences and more, with specialist teachers in some areas
  • involves contemporary practice, blending technology into lesson design
  • considers a personalised and differentiated learning experience because we recognise students learn differently
  • offers learning support and learning extension
  • uses internal and external assessment data to further inform teachers about our curriculum design as well as adjust delivery of concepts in the classroom
  • at all times promotes high levels of respect among and to all members of the classroom and school community, where each child is valued
  • enables very high levels of participation, opportunities and recognition in a wide range of curriculum and co-curricular events, owing to our smaller classes and school community
  • has excellent modern, spacious, well-equipped classrooms.
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Recent posts from the Junior School

Virtual Campus Training

By | March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Academic, Junior School, Senior School|

Today, our students across all year levels are receiving Virtual Campus training. For the Senior School, the Virtual Campus consists of Canvas and Microsoft Office Teams with the integration of Zoom software for live, interactive [...]

SMGS students make a splash at 2020 Swimming Carnival

By | March 17th, 2020|Categories: Boarding, Co-Curricular, Director of Junior School, Junior School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

On Friday 28 February, the SMGS School community headed off to Berridale Pool for the 23rd annual SMGS Swimming Carnival. With a fabulous burst of the house colours, sportsmanship, camaraderie, and school spirit, this year's [...]

Adventure Playground ready for action!

By | March 16th, 2020|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School|

Exciting news! The SMGS Adventure Playground is now complete. Our Junior School students have enjoyed climbing, sliding, balancing, and exploring the much-anticipated addition to our outdoor learning spaces. A big thank you to Crackenback Landscapes [...]